Kevin - Interview 16
Age at Interview:
Age at Diagnosis:
Married, adult children
Network IT consultant (now home-based).
Brief outline:Kevin was diagnosed 2 years ago. Although he still experiences stiffness, particularly in his shoulder and neck, most of his symptoms were managed well by Ropinirole but it caused nausea and has os now on Rogitotine 4mg vvpatches.
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I went down to London to Parkinson’s Disease Society headquarters in Victoria about six, nine months ago because there’s like, there’s was a, there was a research establishment in there giving a lecture on stem cell research. And when I was down there, I met a few young people, and some of those young people hadn’t joined their local Parkinson’s Society because there were basically, mostly older people. They’d like to join the society if it was for, you know, a young person’s society, which I’d like to do. But there’s not one about. But having said that, the society here in [our area] is really good, very good.
Before the first time you went to that, how did you feel about going to it beforehand?
I felt that it wasn’t for me, it’s for older people. I had this vision of people in their, all being in wheelchairs, I was nicely surprised that I had trouble spotting in the room who were the carers and who had symptoms because they’re all on drugs, apart from one or two people in wheelchairs shaking away. I never envisaged that I would go back again but I’ve been going every since. I think it’s a really, really good idea.
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